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About IN OL

What is Indiana Operation Lifesaver?

Indiana Operation Lifesaver (INOL) is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. OL promotes rail safety through public awareness campaigns and education initiatives, including free safety presentations by authorized volunteers. We speak to school groups, driver education classes, community audiences, professional drivers, law enforcement officers, emergency responders, and others. Our program is co-sponsored by state and local government agencies, highway safety organizations, America's railroads, and other entities. Together we promote the three E's - education, enforcement and engineering - to keep people safe around the tracks and railway crossings within our communities. INOL is part of a national nonprofit program known as Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI).

Why is Operation Lifesaver Needed?

Sadly, every year people in Indiana are killed or injured at highway-rail crossings and at other locations along railroad tracks.

Many people are unaware that trains cannot stop quickly to avoid collisions; or, they take chances by ignoring warning signs and signals, going around lowered gates, stopping on tracks, or simply not paying attention when approaching highway-rail crossings. People also make the potentially fatal mistake of choosing railroad tracks as shortcuts or as places to walk or run for recreation. They may not realize that walking on train tracks is illegal, or understand how quickly and quietly a train can approach. Our safety tips can save your life – or the life of someone you love.

Become an Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer

We are always looking for high-energy volunteers to help us spread our important message. Our volunteers are everywhere—schools, training programs, law enforcement events and safety fairs—with the common purpose of keeping our citizens safe. You can begin the process today by clicking:

IN OL Events

Upcoming Events:
Elkhart Railroad Museum Rockin the Rails: August 26th, 2023
Nappanee Apple Festival: September 14-17, 2023
Rail Safety Week: September 18-24, 2023
Indiana Rail Road Officer on a Train Event: September 19th, 2023
Operation Clear Track Event: September 19th, 2023
Canadian National Railway Rail Safety Week Events: September 18th and 22nd, 2023
OLAV Coach Class- Chicago: September 27-28, 2023
AREMA Interchange- Indianapolis: October 1-4, 2023
RISC Classes (Railroad Investigation Safety Course): On-going

IN OL Safety Partners

Indiana Operation Lifesaver Board of Directors:
Korey Henderson, Board Chair, Tipton County Sheriff's Department
Jason Bishop, Vice Chair, Regional Manager Community Affairs, CSX Transportation
Tom Rueschhoff, Sec/Treas, INDOT Rail Office
Mike Noland, Board Member, Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD SouthShore)
Gary Langston, Board Member, Indiana Motor Truck Association
Bryan Laurie, Board Member, Chief of Police, BNSF Railway
Michael Crider, Board Member, Indiana State Senator

Safety Partners:
Federal Railroad Adminstration
Federal Highway Administration
Canadian National Railway
CSX Transportation
Norfolk Southern
Indiana Coal Council
Indiana Motor Truck Association
Shortline Railroad Companies
Indiana State Police
Local Law Enforcement
MAAC Foundation
Railroads of Indiana Shortline Group
Cumulus Media
Indiana Law Enforcment Training Board
State and Local Officials

IN OL Statistics

Indiana Rail Crossing and Trespass Statistics: 2022
Source: FRA Office of Safety Analysis

Crossing Collisions: 101
Crossing Fatalities: 19
Crossing Injuries: 28
Trespasser Fatalities: 12
Trespasser Injuries: 15

*Indiana is ranked 4th nationally for crossing collisions

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Indiana RISC Information & Instructors

RISC Program
Operation Lifesaver's Railroad Investigation and Safety Course for Law Enforcement (RISC-LE) was developed for the North American first responder community by the nation’s railroad police and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. The RISC-LE prepares you to use the proper safety techniques while responding to or investigating a grade crossing collision or trespasser incident, in addition to maintaining on-scene safety unique to the railroad environment.

Course Overview
RISC-LE provides critical information allowing first responders to effectively and safely respond to and investigate incidents involving the railroad. Railroad Investigation and Safety Course for Law Enforcement (RISC-LE) is offered at the Basic (1-hour), Intermediate (2-hour) and Advanced (4-hour) levels. Training is available at no cost to help officers and first responders more effectively and safely manage such incidents. RISC is post certified in Indiana through the Law Enforcement Training Board.

Schedule a RISC class here:

Ascolani, Alex
Canadian National Railway

Jacquez, Shaun
Norfolk Southern

Fletcher, Jeremiah
Louisville & Indiana Railroad

Feder, Jessica
Indiana Operation Lifesaver

Schneider, John
CSX Transportation

Mathewson, Charlie
Canadian National Railway

Furman, John Paul
CSX Transportation

Price, Jeffrey
Canadian National Railway

Kramer, Jeremy
Louisville & Indiana Railroad

Henderson, Korey
Tipton County Sheriff's Dept

Tanis, Aaron
CSX Transportation

Hornyak, Jeff
CSX Transportation

Sedevic, Mark
Canadian National Railway

Cicero, Carl

Blythe, Thomas
Porter County Sheriff's Dept.

Indiana Operation Lifesaver

Jessica Feder Executive Director

812.528.4327 (mobile)
812.528.4327 (office)

P.O. Box 568
Scottsburg , Indiana    47170